Wednesday, May 7, 2008

No product - No meaning

I seen a commercial yesterday advertising some new pair of sneakers for children that, if I remember correctly, had a velcrow strap and some other gimmicky tool that tightens your shoes for you in a couple of simple movements. It emphasized at the end of the commercial that children will never have to tie their shoelaces again.

It reminded me of a magazine article I spoke about earlier on schools ceasing to teach children handwriting, and it kind of scared me. I started to envision a world years from now where everyone relied on some corporation's product to perform daily routines, such as tying your shoes, writing, cooking, managing money and who knows what else. I then pictured all of these products simultaneously breaking down one day and life coming to a complete halt, since no one knew how to do anything or think for themselves anymore.

Big businesses would be cashing in on people's laziness left and right, and I couldn't really blame them. We'd all be economic and social slaves to products, mentally reverting back to the cavemen era.

The future for you.


  1. Don't Feed The PixiesMay 8, 2008 at 8:38 AM

    Sounds like the shoes in Back To The Future II.

    Over here the fashion is for shoes with a wheel in the heel - so everytime you go to a supermarket you see these kids being spared the effort of walking.

    I heard once that there's no one single person who understands how a telelvision works - so if the world ends there'll be no more MTV (probably the least of our worries)

    Could you kill a pig and eat it to survive? Less than 3 generations ago pretty much everyone had to. What happens when the juice runs out is a problem we might well have to deal with in our own lifetimes.

  2. The Disturbed OneMay 8, 2008 at 9:15 AM

    I think we are growing more and more lazy. Remember the contraption that folded your shirts for you? I couldnt believe someone actually put that on the market!

    I was having a convo with someone the other day about the a similar thing. How we, as humans, are losing touch with the earth. And with ourselves.

    I had asked her, if it came to it, would you be able to support yourself by creating your own little farm and breeding and killing your own animals?

    I admitted that I would be great at the farm part, but killing an animal? *shaking my head no*

  3. This came up in a conversation the other night over dinner. One of my girlfriends is dating a fellow about ten years younger than her ... and he didn't know how to write a cheque. He didn't know which numbers went where etc. etc. because he never had to ... while those of us in our mid thirties didn't start out with automatic banking ...

    As for the Disturbed One's comment ... well, you never know what you might be able to do if you were *really* hungry :)

  4. Bobbb - Citizen of EarthMay 13, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    back in 1972 I was beginning my journey into discovery
    I call this phase

    "Emerging from the fog"

    A friend of mine turned me on to Frank Zappa

    I was no stranger to "alternative" music - and took to it quickly

    The album was called "Freak Out"

    Inside the gatefold album cover was a discription of each song
    Written by Frank himself

    The description for a song called "Hunger Freaks Daddy"
    included the following words:

    "Drop out of school before your mind rots from exposure to our mediocre educational system.

    Forget about the Senior Prom and go to the library and educate yourself if you've got any guts.

    Some of you like Pep rallies and plastic robots who tell you what to read.

    Forget I mentioned it. This song has no message. Rise for the flag salute."

    It began to sink in
    My education
    Was MY responsibility
    WHAT I would learn
    Was up to me

    And the fog cleared just a little bit more
    As I rose above the noise and confusion
    Of koyaanisqatsi

  5. Yeah, to some extent I share the apprehension that everything we do will be done for us and that this will put unprecedented power in the hards of corporations, such as, um, Microsoft.

    But that bit of about never tying shoelaces again -- there goes one of the joys and challenges of childhood.
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